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Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Mortality: Evidence from Variation in Services Offered

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  • Mark McInerney

    (University of Connecticut)

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In this paper, I estimate the impact of substance abuse treatment facilities on the opioid related death rate and other outcomes that may be impacted by the opioid epidemic. Identifying variation comes from the opening and closing of treatment facilities at the county level. I exploit a new source of variation, variation across treatment facilities based on services offered and insurance type accepted. I find significant heterogeneity across treatment facilities. Treatment centers offering Medication Assisted Treatment and accepting Medicaid have a larger negative impact on the opioid related death rate than other treatment facilities.

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  • Mark McInerney, 2018. "Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Mortality: Evidence from Variation in Services Offered," Working papers 2018-21, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    substance use disorder; substance abuse treatment; Opioid epidemic;
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    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics

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